Nazar Batih & Mariko Cantley

Nazar was born in Lviv, Ukraine.  He started dancing at age five and was the Juvenile Western Ukrainian Champion in Ballroom and Latin, and a youth and amateur finalist in competitions throughout Europe.  After finishing university, he moved to New York City to teach and dance professionally.  Nazar performed during Vegas Week of So You Think You Can Dance, and was featured on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” Christmas Spectacular. In 2009 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which only strengthened his determination to compete at a world class level.

Mariko is from Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She also started dancing at age five, studying classical ballet for thirteen years, and training at some of the top schools in the region.  She graduated from Harvard University shortly after beginning her professional career in ballroom dancing. Nazar and Mariko have been dancing together for 6 years, and are based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Professional Results:

  • US National Classical Showdance Champions
  • World Classical Showdance Silver Medalists
  • Canadian Open Professional Champions
  • US Open to the World Professional Finalists
  • US National Professional Rising Star Finalists
  • World Masters Showdance Champions
  • Eastern United States Dancesport Professional Ballroom and Showdance Champions
    • Mariko and Nazar believe in honesty, determination, and believing in yourself, and that every challenge is a chance to develop. 

      Feel free to contact them for all your dance related needs!

      Nazar Batih and Mariko Cantley
      Professional Ballroom Dancers
      Members of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
      Coaching, Performances, Workshops
      617.513.6098 (M)
      914.434.6822 (N)


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